Monday, August 18, 2014

Tutorial: Coloring Party Paws with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils

Trena is sharing how she colored this sweet Party PawsChristmas image with her Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. This new collection will be available on our website 19th August!

ribbon: 046, 047, 058
bear: 034, 112, 199, 120
hat: 024, 026, 027, 112 
tag: 112

2. Paper piece the present and cut out with the largest die in the Die'sire Essentials Dies - Squares

3. Before removing card stock from die, add a light shade of Memento Ink Dew Drops (London Fog) ink with a round blender tool. 

4. Fill in the one tiny area on the lid with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencil 026 and add grounding with 112. 

TIP: Edge your paper pieces with a black water based marker from the back side - just in case the marker slips, it will be on the back. 

5. Place the bear on a matching layer of patterned paper, over the Vintage Christmas Collection 8" x 8" Embossing Folder - Vintage Bows!

6. For a touch of bling and dimension, add Star Dust Stickles on his hat and to pop the dots in image.

7. Stamp "Joy" on the tag from Sentimentals Stamp Set - Jingle Bells.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Party Paws Christmas

Have you seen the new Party Paws Christmas stamps we've been sneak peeking on our Facebook page? Eight new additions to our existing Party Paws Everyday range will be available next week!  

International Inspiration team member Laine has colored up two fabulous samples to share with you today!  She clored this one, featuring the 'Noel' set with her Spectrum Noir markers and pencils (IG2, IG3, TB1, CR6, CR8, DR6, + 01, 14, 18, 28, 32, 67, 69 115, 117, 119) and added apper printed from the coordinating Party Paws Christmas CD-Rom we're launching!

This fabulous card was also colored with Spectrum Noir markers (CR4, CR6, CR8, DR7, IG2, IG4, IG7, DG1, DG2, CT2, CT2, CT4, TN2) and pencils (01, 09, 24, 25, 27, 32, 47, 50, 84, 85, 109, 115, 118, 120).

See what else Laine used on these cards here:

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Washi Tape

We have a fun tutorial from Wendy Price that includes stamping on some unconventional supplies. Read on to see how she made her fabulous card...

"As soon as I saw Stamp-It Australia's Dragonfly Delight I knew I had to try making washi tape with it. That long image with the dragonflies and script...perfect! Gather up a roll of medical paper tape (found at dollar store or drug store), inks and stamps. 

Supplies Used:
Popcorn- Thanks a Bunch
Imagine Craft Radiant Neon
medical paper tape
baby wipes


1. Roll out a piece of medical tape and ink. I rubbed the ink in with a baby wipe to give it a soft blended look. Allow to dry.

2. Ink up stamp with permanent ink and stamp. 

Here is a peek at a piece of tape I inked with Electric Blue and Electric Green Radiant Ink. The baby wipe blended the colors into a pretty aqua color. 

3. Continue inking and stamping lengths of tape until you have a handful of pieces. 

You can use the washi tape just as you would any other washi tape. The medical paper tape is  easy to use and can be moved without destroying your work. I adhered four colors of tape on cardstock, trimmed to size and used it as a panel on a card. 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

July 2014 Challenge Winners

There were so may fabulous entries for our July Challenge, which was all about highlighting the sentiments on cards! Are you ready to see the winners?

 The Card of the Month:

Ngcards shared this about her card: "I have used one of the new Christmas Bebunni stamps on my card. I hope you all like it :) You can find a full list of products over on my blog post here:"

And our Top Three:

First time challenge-player Gemma shared: "This is my blog address where I detail what I have used: 12 Crafter's Companion products and a couple of extras. It's the first time I have taken part in the challenge and won't be the last!"

Maria said, "I made this Christmas card using card and paper from Crafter's Companion, my Ultimate Pro and of course my Spectrum Noir pens."

The Crafty Pink Girl said, "Thank you this wonderful sentiments challenge, I really did enjoy creating this card and allowing the Sentiment to take centre stage. Crafters Companion items used are - Purple spotty background paper --Angelica & Friends CD ROM (UK), Green stripe pattern background paper -- Crafters Companion Club Inspire Free July download (UK), Flowers were sprayed with Crafters Companion Glitter Spray Multicolour (UK). My blog link is"

And our randomly selected winner of a £30/$30 voucher:

Barbara, who made this lovely card! She said. "I made this card using Crafter's Companion Smooth white cardstock . I embossed it with Darice "POPPIES" embossing folder, then colored the image with the new Spectrum Noir pencils. I love the way you can color an embossed image with the pencils and maintain control of the edges." 

Congratulations to all of our winners! Please email (let us know which prize you won) and we will get your blinkies to you! Hope to see you all playing along in this month's School-themed challenge! To enter from our Crafter's Companion US Facebook page, click here:

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tutorial: Die'sire Essentials Dies

Hi Friends!  Today we want to introduce our newest member of the Education Design Team ~ Lori Barnett.  She has been on the Inspiration Team since the beginning of the year & is now going to share her wonderful tutorial ideas with us as well.  She made this beautiful card and tutorial this week using the new Die'sire Essentials Dies and here is what she shared on her blog...

Most of you know that clean and simple (CAS) design styles are my fav. So I'm sure you can imagine how EXCITED I was when Crafter’s Companion released their new line of Die’sire Essentials Metal Dies! 13 different sets!!! YAY! These are the basic shapes that I grab for time and time again when creating.
I designed this card with a couple of my favorite ways to use dies - Embossing and Stenciling. It’s super easy and really adds to a die-cut shape. I've also got some DIY Colored Cardstock and Quick Coloring Flowers with Spectrum Noir Markers.
Cut and Emboss
Die-cut white cardstock with 3” Square Die and the 3.5” Scalloped Square Die. (Follow manufactures instructions for correct "sandwich" stacking order on the machine you are using.)

This is how the cut shapes look at this point.
Now… let’s take it one step further…EMBOSS! Simply replace the acrylic cutting platform with the rubber embossing mat and embossing platform and run the cut pieces - still in the dies of course - through the machine again. (Follow manufactures instructions for correct embossing sandwich on the machine you are using.)
Look at the difference! AWESOME!
DIY Colored Cardstock
This next tidbit of information is a complete lifesaver for me. When I don’t have colored cardstock to match a project - I simply color my white cardstock pieces with a Spectrum Noir Marker that matches. Super easy…especially when using the chisel end of the marker. I only color the area that will show. No need to waste ink where you won’t see it ;) Now the pieces will perfectly match my card.
Stencils are sooo popular right now! Here’s an easy way to use the metal die as a stencil. Die-cut Kraft cardstock using the 1” Square Die. No embossing this time. Leave the cut piece in the die - as shown.
 Sponge the ink over the metal die onto the paper.

Look how goooood it looks! Like 2 pieces of paper stacked! I LOVE THIS!

Quick Coloring Flowers with Spectrum Noir Markers
Here’s how to color the small flower image from Sheena’s A Little Bit Sketchy - A New Leaf stamp set. It’s the perfect size image for making my “inchie” card design. I colored quick and simple -- intentionally leaving white spaces.
Color flower with PL1 Spectrum Noir Marker.
Add small amount of PL3.
 Add a dot of PL5.
Using PL1, color on top of PL5 and PL3 to blend down to PL1.
Color center with CT3.

Add a dot of CT4.
It actually took me longer to fussy cut each flower than it did to color them. HA! They’re popped up with 3D foam adhesive on top of the 1” die-cut squares. I also die-cut some yellow & white striped designer paper (from Doodlebug) using the 1.2” Scalloped Square Die. PERFECTLY sized to layer under the 1” Squares!
All the leaves were colored with CG1, CG3 and CG4. I did quick coloring on these too. Color entire leaf with CG1. Add CG3 where you want some darker shading. Add CG4 down the centers. Blend over darker color with CG1. Keep it easy ;) Fussy cut and adhered flat under the panels.

Naturally…I added some glitter. Just a touch on the dark purple spots of each flower - and a little on the centers. FUN STUFF!
Die’sire Essentials sets are only $12.95 a set! BUT....(drum roll) for a limited time, Crafter’s Companion is offering bundles at an even lower price per set!!! Check ‘em out HERE
Project Supplies:
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials Squares
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials Scalloped Squares
Crafter’s Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - A New Leaf stamp set
Crafter’s Companion Scruffy Little Cat - Autumn set
Spectrum Noir Markers - PL1, PL3, PL5, CT3, CT4 (flowers); CG1, CG3, CG4 (leaves)
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
Patterned papers or cardstock of choice
Memento Dye Ink - Tuxedo Black
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Blending Tool
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